Parei Mela Koothu - Mulliyawalai, Mullaithivu
Parai Mela (parai drum) is a percussion instrument which has its roots grounded in ancient times. The parai artists from Kanakarayankulam and Mulliavalai in Mullativu have passed this particular koothu (which is unique to Vanni) from generation to generation for the last 7 years in its purest form. This particular Pari Mela Koothu has become an integral part of life in Vanni and the group performs for both religious and social occasions. The manner in which they use and make music with the parai drum is unique from other Parai groups. These performances are their source of income and they are eager to continue this unique tradition and introduce it to a wider audience.